A first time Olympian, Parise has played in three World Championships (2005, 2007 and 2008). In 2008 he played on a line with Phil Kessel and Patrick Kane and the trio combined for 28 points (14-14-28) and 44% of the team’s total scoring in seven games.
He was selected as the Best Forward at the 2004 World Junior Championship, at which he led the tournament with six goals (6-5-11) helping the U.S. win its first-ever gold medal in the event. In total he tallied 19 points (9-10-19) in 13 World Junior games.
Parise scored 45 goals for the New Jersey Devils last season -- only one other American-born player has scored as many (Brian Gionta tallied 48 in 2005-06) in a single NHL season since 1997-98.
His father, J.P. Parise, recorded two goals and two assists for Team Canada in the famed Summit Series against the Soviet Union in 1972.
That's a really tough thing to play through; when you finally are thrown out there, the game is fast, intense, every single play matters, you've got to find a way to play through that and make smart plays. So it's a huge testament to [Vermette] and some other individuals in our locker room that are putting their own ego, their own wants and needs aside, and are ready for those opportunities when they do come.
— Blackhawks captain Jonathan Toews on teammate Antoine Vermette, who returned from being a healthy scratch in Game 3 to score the double-overtime winner in Game 4